Rumble in the jungle at your library

North Yorkshire’s libraries will celebrate National Bookstart Week from 8 to 14 June with a series of jungle-themed events and activities.
Working with the Book Trust, libraries will host a series of jungle adventures ranging from Jungle Japes at Leyburn library on Saturday 13 June from 10.15am to 10.45am to a Batty about Books Rumble in the Jungle at library on Friday 12 June from 2pm to 4pm. Activities will include special stories, elephant mask-making, jungle rhymes and colouring sheets.
Throughout the year, North Yorkshire libraries help to open up the exciting world of sharing stories, books and rhymes through the Bookstart Bear Club, which is free to join for all babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers.
As part of the club, children receive a membership pack with a passport, bookmark and membership certificate. Each time a child attends a story or rhyme time or borrows books or DVDs, they receive a paw print stamp in the passport. On the sixth stamp they are rewarded with a certificate.
“Just ten minutes a day with a book can help children discover a love of reading that can transform their lives, opening their imaginations and helping to prepare them for starting their education,” said County Councillor Chris Metcalfe, executive member for library and information services.
To find out what is happening near you in Bookstart Week, contact your library or email For further information about Bookstart, visit

North Yorkshire library events for Bookstart Week

Crosshills library

Sing a Story, 8 June, 2pm-3pm, second week of a course run by South Craven Children’s Centre, when the library is open

Settle library

Storytime, 9 June, 2:45pm-3:15pm

Small Stories, 11 June, 2:30-3:15pm

Skipton library
Rhymetime, 11 June, 11am-11.30am

Storytime, 12 June, 2.15pm-2.45pm


Fri 12 June 2.15 – 2.45pm jungle storytime

Fri 12 June 2.15 – 2.45pm Jungle Japes story time

Fri 12 June 2.15 – 2.45pm Story and Rhyme time Jungle adventures

Fri 12 June 2.15 – 2.45pm jungle storytime

Harrogate district
Harrogate library
All-Join-In Story and rhyme time with Elizabeth & Leonard, 8 June, 2-2.30pm, up to two years old.
Bilton & Woodfield community library
Bookstart Story time, 9 June, 10 -10.30am, 2-4-year-olds

Ripon library
Bookstart Jungle adventures story time, 12 June, 10.30-11am, up to five years old.

Bookstart Family Story time, 13 June, 11-11.30am, family event

Bookstart Jungle adventures story time, 8 June, 10.15-10.45am, up to five years old.
Starbeck library
Health Visitors’ Baby Clinic, join the library for Bookstart Week, 9 June,

10am to noon, for babies and parents.

Breast Feeding Clinic, join the library for Bookstart Week, 12 June, 2-4pm, for babies and parents.

Boroughbridge library
Rumble in the Jungle Story time, 10 June, 10-10.30am, up to five years old.

Bookstart Week display, 8 to 14 June


Thurs 1 June 3.45-4.30 Jungle Story Share (in partnership with Children’s centre)

Tues 9 June 3.30 – 4.30 jungle Story Steps (in partnership with Children’s centre)


Sat 13th June at 10.15-10.45am, Bookstart Jungle Japes story time.

Tues 9 June 2.15-2.45pm, Jungle story time.
Helmsley library

Rumble in the Jungle story time/crafts, Thursday 2.30-3pm, for pre-school children.
Kirkbymoorside library

Rumble in the Jungle Storytime, Wednesday 10 June, 2.30-3pm, for pre-school children.
Malton library
Rumble in the Jungle Rhymetime and Storytime Wednesday 10 June, 2.15-2.45pm, for pre-school children.
Norton library
Rumble in the Jungle story time, Tuesday 9 June, 2.15-3pm, for pre-school children.
Pickering library
Rumble in the Jungle story time/crafts Monday 9 June, 10.30-11.30am, for pre-school children.
Scarborough district
Eastfield library

Teddy Bears Picnic, 9 June, 10.30-11.15am, for pre-school children.

Filey library

Rumble in the Jungle story time/crafts, Wednesday 10 June, 2-2.30pm, for pre-school children.

Whitby library
Blue Bear Club Bookstart rhyme time, Friday 12 June, 10am, for pre-school children.
Selby district

Wed 10 June 10.30 – 11am Story and Rhyme time

Tues 9 June 10.30 – 11am Story and Rhyme time

Thurs 11 June 10 – 10.45am Bookstart Bear Club drop-in session with simple crafts, stories and rhymes (volunteer run session)

Thurs 11 June 10 – 10.30am Story and Rhyme time

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